FORMER KATTER PARTY CANDIDATE TESS CORBETT TO FACE COURT ON CONTEMPT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
18 January 2016

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Corbett to face the Supreme Court 15 February 2016

 
A former candidate from Bob Katter’s Australia Party who likened gays and lesbians to pedophiles during an interview on the campaign trail in 2013 had been found to have engaged in homosexual vilification under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 ( NSW ) by the former NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal ( ADT )  and ordered the defendant to publish an apology in the Sydney Morning Herald pursuant to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.
 
Ms.Corbett was Bob Katter’s candidate for the Victorian seat of Wannon in the federal election until she was stood down in January of 2013 after telling her local paper , “ I don’t want gays , lesbians or pedophilies working in my kindergarten”.
“ If you don’t like it , go to another kindergarten “ , Ms.Corbett told the Hamilton Spectator.
 
When asked if she considered homosexuals to be in the same category as pedophiles , Ms.Corbett replies , “ yes “.
 
“ Pedophiles will be next in line to be recognised in the same was as gays and lesbians and get rights, “ she said.
 
Ms.Corbett appealed the 2013 decision of first instance citing St Paul as a defence but her appeal was rightly dismissed by the court of appeal.
 
Anti-Discrimination Campaigner and Public Interest Litigant Garry Burns initiated the proceedings against Ms.Corbett under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 ( NSW ). The Tribunal ordered the defendant to publish an apology in the Sydney Morning Herald in a prominent position pursuant to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 at her own expense and to also apologise to Mr.Burns in writing.
 
Ms.Corbett has failed to comply with an order of the NSW Civil Administrative Tribunal ( NCAT ) and on Tuesday 22 December 2015 Mr.Burns commenced “ contempt ” proceedings against the defendant in the NSW Supreme Court.
 
The Orders Mr.Burns seeks the court to make are ;
 
1. Ms.Corbett be found guilty of contempt of Court for failing to comply with the order made on the 24 September 2014 , in that the defendant failed to procure by 13 November 2015 , at her expense , the publication of the apology in the Sydney Morning Herald pursuant to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.
 
2. Ms.Corbett be found guilty of contempt of Court for failing to comply with the order made on the 24 September 2014 , in that the defendant failed to forward by 13 November 2015 a signed letter of apology to the plaintiff Mr.Burns.
 
3. The defendant Ms.Corbett be punished for her contempt by “ Fine “.
 
4. The defendant pay the plaintiff’s costs on an indemnity basis.
 
Mr.Burns is “ NOT ” seeking that the defendant Ms.Corbett be punished for her contempt by “ Jail “.
 
“ My public interest work is not about punishing individuals , it is about educating people in powerful positions of their responsibilities under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 to not make pernicious public statement’s that have a “ capacity ” or “ effect ” of inciting ridicule , contempt or hatred against homosexual Australians ” , Mr.Burns said.
 
Hearing Details
 
The Motion is listed at 9am on Monday 15 February 2016 in the Supreme Court of NSW.
 
Mr.Burns said , “ It is now up to the Judiciary on how it deals with this defendant in relation to the allegation of “contempt ”. My initiating of “contempt proceedings” against Ms.Corbett is to send a very clear and precise message to the Australian public that there are consequences if a defendant of an order of the NSW Civil Administrative Tribunal ( NCAT ) ignores it ”.
 
Mr.Burns wanted to engineer a very creative settlement / remedy. It’s terms must reflect his belief in the “public interest” in the defending of gay men and women’s rights to freedom from public acts of discrimination and or unlawful homosexuality vilification.
 
ENDS
 
For further information please contact Garry Burns on ;
02 -9363-0372 or 
0407-910-309.
 
The defendant’s solicitor is Robert Remo Balzola who can be contacted on the below numbers ;
02-9283-8180 or
0405-195-048.
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